NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for October 26, 2017
Today, and the rest of the NBA DFS season, we’ll be writing up the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and more factors. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for a new ways to play NBA DFS, be sure and give DRAFT a try with our promo code!
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10/26/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Four Point Play: $4 buy-in, $450k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $300k guaranteed
DraftKings Power Dunk: $444 buy-in, $500k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $370 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Milos Teodosic (foot)
Zach LaVine (knee)
Dennis Schröder (ankle)
Marcus Morris (knee)
Nikola Mirotic (face)
Bobby Portis (suspension)
Seth Curry (leg)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Anthony Davis (knee)
Marco Belinelli (achilles)
Kris Dunn (finger)
Malcolm Brogdon (ankle)
Marcus Smart (ankle)
Best NBA DFS Picks for October 26, 2017
Justin Holiday vs. ATL ($6.0k DraftKings, $6.7k FanDuel)
No, we didn’t list the wrong Holiday brother by accident, as Justin simply has much more opportunity to score on one of the weakest offensive teams in the NBA. Kris Dunn (finger) might return, but Zach LaVine (knee) remains out for the Bulls. In his absence, Holiday is sporting a 23.6 percent usage rate while logging 36 minutes per game through three appearances. Atlanta has allowed the second-most 3-pointers per game (13.3) and most attempts per game (36.3) in the league. Holiday is gunning away: 11-for-29 (38 percent) on the year.
De’Aaron Fox vs. NO ($5.7k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
This is a night to save at the guard position, at least on FanDuel, where MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as a power forward. With George Hill struggling mightily and the Kings turning to their reserve unit to provide a spark, De’Aaron Fox has gotten his NBA career going with solid averages of 19 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals through four appearances. He logged 30 minutes in a close loss at Phoenix and seems destined to play down the stretch in another close game now that the Pelicans are led by DeMarcus Cousins (read: not efficient enough to blow out teams). New Orleans is 21st in defensive rating and is playing at the ninth-fastest pace in the league, while the Pels are running a lot of three-guard lineups that will secure Fox’s minutes.
Austin Rivers @ POR ($4.4k DraftKings, $4.9k FanDuel)
Patrick Beverley had a much bigger night in an impressive win over Utah on Tuesday, but Austin Rivers played 35 minutes and stands to benefit greatly in the absence of PG Milos Teodosic. With his horrible shooting in the first two games of the year behind him, Rivers went 7-for-13 and 2-for-6 from deep against the Jazz. The ball is bound to bounce his way more often after he managed zero rebounds in that contest. With his father still coaching and his playing time secure, Rivers stands out as a solid value in a contest with a 211-point over/under.
Others to Consider: Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday, Jerian Grant, Marco Belinelli, Garrett Temple
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Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. BOS ($12.0k DraftKings, $12.4k FanDuel)
If you save with some of the aforementioned guards, it’s possible to get Giannis Antetokounmpo into a balanced lineup. He’s basically been a guaranteed 60-plus FPs every night so far this season. He’ll face off with Boston for the second time after torching the Celtics for 37 points and 13 boards in their home opener. Now, he’s in Milwaukee, where he averaged 24.1 points per game on 54 percent shooting last year (compared to 21.7 ppg on the road). Boston is ranked 24th in rebounding, and their talented young forwards, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, can’t contain the Greek Freak.
Kent Bazemore @ CHI ($5.2k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
While Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder (ankle) is expected to miss another game, his backup, Malcolm Delaney, doesn’t really move the needle. What Schroder’s absence does mean is more usage for guys like Marco Belinelli and Kent Bazemore, who boasts a 27.6 percent usage rate and averages 0.20 more FPs per minute when Schroder is off the floor this season. With added opportunities, Bazemore dropped 20 points on 6-of-17 FG shooting and got to the line 10 times to exceed value on Tuesday. Now, he faces the most inexperienced team in the Eastern Conference in the Bulls, who rank 24th in defensive rating thus far.
James Ennis @ DAL ($4.0k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
How quickly things can change in the NBA. After a couple of great games to open his career, rookie Dillon Brooks faded into the background while James Ennis logged 37 minutes in a tough win over Houston on Monday. Chandler Parsons is a non-factor on a minutes restriction and Coach David Fizdale seems to like what Ennis brings on both ends of the floor. It’s worth using him as a true value after he logged 37 minutes on Monday and performed well as a starter against Dallas last night.
Others to Consider: Blake Griffin, Khris Middleton, Lauri Markkanen, Taurean Prince, Evan Turner, John Collins
DeMarcus Cousins @ SAC ($11.5k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
DeMarcus Cousins may shoot until his arm falls off tonight. He’ll face his former team in a classic revenge scenario after Sacramento traded him for a bucket of bolts, and he’ll be forced into heavy usage with Anthony Davis almost certain to sit out the contest. After Davis left in the first quarter in trademark fashion, Boogie went off for 39 points and 13 boards in 39 minutes in a loss at Portland. He’s rocking a 40.7 percent usage rate and producing 1.78 FPs per minute with AD off the floor. Cousins also posted a nearly identical 40.8 percent usage rate under those circumstances last year, so clearly he’s a chalky, but great play.
Al Horford @ MIL ($6.8k DraftKings, $7.4k FanDuel)
He’s consistently overlooked and sometimes under-valued, but Al Horford actually swung GPPs on a short Tuesday slate. He logged 13 points and 13 boards in just 29 minutes in a blowout win over the sad Knicks. Now, he faces a Bucks team that’s given up an above average 50.42 FPPG to opposing centers in the last two seasons. Horford posted a very full line (13 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks) against Milwaukee last week. With Kyrie Irving struggling to acclimate with his new team, other Celtics are stepping up, and Horford is a consummate team player who will get his points within a system.
Others to Consider: Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Robin Lopez, Nerlens Noel, Ed Davis